Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Research in Motion ( BBRY) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Research in Motion fell 76 cents (-4.6%) to $15.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 60.5 million shares of Research in Motion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.29-$16.18 after having opened the day at $15.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.49. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Warwick Valley Telephone Company ( WVT), down 11.9%, Alteva ( ALTV), down 11.9%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), down 11%, and RIT Technologies ( RITT), down 6.6%.
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BlackBerry designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions worldwide. Research in Motion has a market cap of $8.89 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 42.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Research in Motion a buy, 16 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Research in Motion as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), up 22.3%, Mitel Networks Corporation ( MITL), up 5.7%, magicJack VocalTec ( CALL), up 4.7%, and Inteliquent ( IQNT), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Windstream ( WIN) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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